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Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

President Abraham "Honest Abe" Lincoln
Born in Sinking Spring Farm, Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Nov 1842 (to 15 Apr 1865) in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 56 in Washington City, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
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James Buchanan

Preceded by
John Henry

Abraham Lincoln
16th President
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Andrew Johnson

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Thomas Langrell Harris



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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and one of the great American leaders. His Presidency was dominated by the American Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 February 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was brought up in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. His schoolmate and playmate Benjamin Gollaher (aka "Austin" Gollaher) was the son of poor pioneers. Lincoln himself was largely self-educated. In 1836, he qualified as a lawyer and went to work in a law practice in Springfield, Illinois. He sat in the State Legislature from 1834 to 1842 and in 1846 was elected to Congress, representing the Whig Party for one term. He joined the new Republican Party in 1856 and in 1860 was asked to run as its Presidential candidate.

In the Presidential Campaign, Lincoln made his opposition to slavery very clear. His victory provoked a crisis, with many southerners fearing that he would attempt to abolish slavery in the South. Seven southern states left the Union to form the Confederate States of America, also known as the Confederacy. Four more joined later. Lincoln vowed to preserve the Union even if it meant war.

Fighting broke out in April 1861. Lincoln always defined the Civil War as a struggle to save the Union, but in January 1863 he nonetheless issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in areas still under Confederate control. This was an important symbolic gesture that identified the Union's struggle as a war to end slavery.

In the effort to win the war, Lincoln assumed more power than any President before him, declaring martial law and suspending legal rights. He had difficulty finding effective generals to lead the Union armies until the appointment of General Ulysses S Grant as overall Commander in 1864.

On 19 November 1863, Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address at the dedication of a cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, a decisive Union victory that had taken place earlier in the year.

In 1864, President Lincoln stood for re-election and won. In his second Inaugural Address, he was conciliatory towards the southern states.

On 9 April 1865, Confederate General Robert E Lee surrendered, effectively ending the war. It had lasted for more than four years and 600,000 Americans had died. Less than a week later, Lincoln was shot while attending a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. and died the next morning, 15 April 1865. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was a strong supporter of the Confederacy and did not agree with Lincoln's politics. After witnessing Lincoln's speech three days before, Booth particularly, strenuously objected to Lincoln's desire that blacks with certain qualifications be given the vote and exclaimed "That’s the last speech he’ll ever make."[1]

Family Ancestry

Abraham Lincoln[2] was the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. The Lincolns were of English descent and their ancestors are thought to have been of Puritan or Quaker beliefs. In an 1848 letter to one Solomon Lincoln of Hingham, Massachusetts, the President wrote, "We have a vague tradition, that my great-grand father went from Pennsylvania to Virginia; and that he was a quaker. Further back than this, I have never heard any thing."[3] The oldest paternal ancestor is Robert Lincoln Jr. (abt. 1525 - January 1556). Like many other colonial families, the American Lincolns were farmers.

Family Descendants

Of the four children of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, only Robert Todd Lincoln ever married and had children.[4] The President's sons Edward Baker, William Wallace, and Thomas "Tad" Lincoln died prior to adulthood. Today, there are just ten known descendants of Lincoln.[4]

Son Robert Todd Lincoln and spouse Mary Eunice Harlan were the parents of three children:

  1. Mary "Mamie" Lincoln married Charles Bradford Isham.
    1. One son, Lincoln Isham, who married Leahalma "Lea" Correa (they were childless).
  2. Abraham Lincoln II (never married / childless).
  3. Jessie Harlan Lincoln married Warren Wallace Beckwith who had two children.
    1. Mary Lincoln Beckwith (childless).
    2. Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith married Ann Marie Hoffman but died childless.

The Lincoln family line is believed to have been extinct since its last undisputed descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died on 24 December 1985 without any children. NOTE: Robert's second wife did have a son, named Timothy Lincoln Beckwith, whose legitimacy has never been proven.[4]


As the life of Abraham Lincoln has been thoroughly examined and chronicled by a wide pantheon of authors with an equally wide number of points of view and agendas, this biography will primarily focus on the genealogical benchmarks throughout Lincoln's life. A selection of these biographies is provided for further reading at the bottom of the profile.

1809 February 12 [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] Abraham Lincoln is born to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln[11][12] [13] [6][7][8][9][10] in Sinking Spring Farm, Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA.[7][6][9] Reference was also found for the following birth places: Hardin County, Kentucky, USA[5][13] and Buffalo, Hardin County, Kentucky. [8]

1816[5][6] Abraham moved from Kentucky to Little Pigeon Creek, Perry County (now Spencer County), Indiana with his family.
1818 October 5[14][5]Nancy Lincoln - Abraham's mother - dies from milk sickness, although several other causes of death have been hypothesized.
1819 December 2 Thomas Lincoln - Abraham's father - marries the widow Sarah Bush Johnston.[14][10]
1828 January 20[15] Abraham's older sister Sarah dies while giving birth.
1830 Abraham moved from Indiana to approximately 10 miles southwest of Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, with his family.[5]
1831[16] Abraham moved on his own to New Salem, Macon County, Illinois
1832 April 21[17] Enlisted and was made captain of the 4th Regiment of Mounted Volunteers, 31st Regiment Sangamon County, 1st Division, Illinois Militia.[18][5][6] He served during the Black Hawk War but saw no combat.
1833 May 7[19][5] Appointed postmaster of New Salem, Illinois by President Andrew Jackson. Served in this post until the office closed on 30 May 1836.
1833 Fall[14][5] Offered a position as deputy county surveyor by county surveyor John Calhoun, for mostly political reasons as Abraham had no experience or knowledge of surveying.
1834 August 4[14][5]Elected to Illinois State Legislature and served four consecutive two-year terms.
1836 September 9[14][5] Admitted to the Illinois State Bar and licensed to practice law.
1837 April 15[14][5] Moved to Springfield Illinois[6] and began practicing law with John Stuart.
1839 November 1 Signed into record by President Martin Van Buren that Abraham had purchased 47 acres of land through the Springfield, Illinois Land Office.[20]
1842 Abraham lived near Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA.[21] (This was at the same time Joseph Smith and the Mormons were in charge of Nauvoo, including raising their own militia and declaring a martial state.)
1842 November 4[22][7] Abraham marries Mary Ann Todd[17][23][7][10][24] in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.[22][6][7][24] Another record indicates they were married in Kentucky[24] but this likely due to the license being acquired there.
1843 August 1[25] Birth of his first son Robert Todd.
1846 March 10[14] Birth of his second son Edward Baker.[9]
1846 August 3[14] Abraham elected to US House of Representatives.[5][6] He was a congressman during the Mexican American War.
1850 February 1[14] Death of his almost-four-year-old son Edward Baker from chronic consumption.
1850 According to the census record lived in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA with his wife Mary and son Robert.[11]
1850 December 21[14] Birth of his third son William Wallace "Willie".[9]
1851 January 17[26] Death of his father Thomas.
1853 April 4[14] Birth of his fourth son Thomas "Tad".[9]
1860 According to the census record lived in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois[12]
1860 November 6[14][5] Abraham elected 16th President of the United States.[6] Was to serve as President throughout the US Civil War.
1862 February 20[27] Death of his eleven-year-old son William Wallace "Willie" from typhoid fever.
1864 November 8[28][5] Abraham reelected President of the United States.[6]
1865 April 14[29][5] Abraham shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford's Theater.
1865 April 15[23][6][7][9][10] Abraham dies in the William Peterson Boarding House on 10th Street in Washington, D.C.[7] from the gun shot wound he received on the 14th.


"His great achievement, historians tell us, was his ability to energize and mobilize the nation by appealing to its best ideals while acting "with malice towards none" in the pursuit of a more perfect, more just, and more enduring Union. No President in American history ever faced a greater crisis and no President ever accomplished as much."[30]

The greatest legacies of our 16th President include:

Seventeen U.S. States have named counties in President Lincoln's honor. They are: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


  1. "Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln," Abraham Lincoln, Ed. Roy P. Basler (1953), Vol. 8, p. 403,404: Last Public Address, 11 Apr 1865
  2. Abraham Lincoln Genealogy on Archives.com
  3. "Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln," Abraham Lincoln, Ed. Roy P. Basler (1953), Vol. 1, pp. 455-6
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lincoln Family Tree on Wikipedia
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 Ancestry.com. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2005
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 12 February 1809
    Place of Birth... Hardin County, Kentucky
    Moved... to Little Pigeon Creek, Indiana in 1816
    Moved... to Macon County, Illinois in 1830
    Enlisted... Captain of a company of Sangamon County Rifles - organized 21 April 1832 - during the Black Hawk War
    Employment... Postmaster of New Salem 1833-1836
    Employment... Deputy County Surveyor 1834-1836
    Elected... to Illinois State House of Representatives
    Dates of Election... 1834, 1836, 1838 and 1840
    Employment... Admitted to the bar in 1836
    Moved... to Springfield, Illinois in 1837
    Elected... Thirtieth U.S. Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849)
    Elected... 16th President of the United States
    Date of Election... 1860
    Elected... Re-elected President in 1864
    Death... Shot by an assassin in Washington, D.C., 14 April 1865, and died the following day
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Donald, David, Mark E. Neeley, and Helen B. Crocker. "Abraham Lincoln." The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky, 1992. N. pag. Print.
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Name of Parents... Thomas and Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 12 February 1809
    Place of Birth... Hodgenville, Kentucky
    Moved... to Indiana in 1816
    Moved... to Springfield, Illinois in 1837
    Name of Spouse... Mary Todd
    Date of Marriage... 1842
    Elected... to U.S. House of Representatives
    Date of Election... 1846
    Elected... US President
    Date of Election... 1860
    Elected... Reelected president
    Date of Election... 1864
    Death... Shot while attending Ford's Theater in Washington and died the following day April 15, 1865
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Family Data Collection
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 12 February 1809
    Place of Birth... Sinking Spring Farm, Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky
    Name of Parents... Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks
    Name of Spouse... Mary Ann Todd
    Date of Marriage... 4 November 1842
    Place of Marriage... Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
    Date of Death... 15 April 1865
    Place of Death... William Peterson Boarding House, Tenth Street, Washington, District of Columbia
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. APID: 5769::0
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 12 February 1809
    Name of Parents... Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks
    Place of Birth... Buffalo, Hardin County, Kentucky
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Heritage Consulting. Millennium File. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 12 February 1809
    Place of Birth... Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky
    Name of Parents... Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks
    Name of Children... Edward Baker, William Wallace "Willie", and Thomas "Tad"
    Date of Death... 15 April 1865
    Place of Death... Washington, District of Columbia
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Dalby, John. Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index, Select Counties. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. APID: 3775::0
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 12 Febriary 1809
    Date of Death... 15 April 1865
    Place of Death... Washington, District of Columbia
    Cause of Death... Assassination
    Name of Spouse... Mary Todd
    Name of Parents... Thomas & Nancy Hanks Lincoln
    Name of Step-Mother... Sarah Bush Johnston
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Year: 1850; Census Place: Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois; Roll: M432_127; Page: 120A; Image: 247. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. APID: 8054::0
    State... Illinois
    County... Sangamon
    Township/Other Division... City of Springfield
    Post Office... Springfield
    Page Number... 239
    Line Number... 32
    Date... 7 November 1850
    Household Members
      • Abraham
      • Mary
      • Robert T.
    Occupation... Attorney at Law
    Place of Birth... Kentucky
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Year: 1860; Census Place: Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois; Roll: M653_226; Page: 140; Image: 138; Family History Library Film: 803226. 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. APID: 7667::0
    State... Illinois
    County... Sangamon
    Township/Other Division... City of Springfield
    Post Office... Springfield
    Page Number... 140
    Line Number... 16
    Date... 14 July 1860
    Household Members
      • Abraham
      • Mary
      • Robert T.
      • Willie W.
      • Thomas
    Age... 51 (1860)
    Occupation... Attorney at Law
    Value of Real Estate... 5,000
    Value of Personal Estate... 12,000
    Place of Birth... Kentucky
    Married Within Year...
    Attended School Within Year...
    Persons Over 20 years Who Cannot Read & Write...
    Deaf, Dumb, Blind, Insane, Idiotic ...
  13. 13.0 13.1 Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI). Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Name of Parents... Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks
    Place of Birth... Hardin County, Kentucky
    Page Number... 203
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 Carl Sandburg (2007). Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years. Pages 22, 31-68, 70, 112
  15. FindAGrave, Pfrommer, Lesa. Sarah Lincoln Grigsby. 5 August 2004. Web. 17 October 2012.
  16. [http://www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/new_salem.htm Lincoln's New Salem. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, n.d. Web. 16 October 2012.
  17. 17.0 17.1 National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls.
    Name of Soldier... Abraham Lincoln
    Name of Widow... Mary Lincoln
    Service... President and Commander in Chief, Captain 4th Illinois Volunteers (1832-1832)
    Date of Filing... 10 December 1870
    Roll Number... T288_283
  18. Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans, Illinois State Archives. Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans. Accessed October 2012.
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Rank... Captain
    Place of Enrollment... Richland, Illinois
    Company... A Lincoln
    Regiment... 4th
    Brigade... Whiteside
  19. Abraham Lincoln, Postmaster. About.usps.com. United States Postal Service, 2012. Web. 16 Oct. 2012.
  20. Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, 2007. APID: 1246::0
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Issue... 1 November 1839
    State... Illinois
    County(s)... Mason and Menard
    Land Office... Springfield
    Number of Acres... 47
    Document Number... 15707.
  21. Platt, Lyman. Nauvoo, Illinois Tax Index, 1842. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. APID: 4221::0
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Page... 179
  22. 22.0 22.1 Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860; Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah - Microfilm 0848654
    Name... Mary Todd
    Name of Spouse... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Marriage... 4 November 1842
    Location of Marriage... Sangamon County, Illinois
  23. 23.0 23.1 Ancestry.com. Ohio Obituary Index, 1830s-2009, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Indexers and Volunteers. Ohio Obituary Index. Database. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. http://index.rbhayes.org/hayes/index/ : 2009. APID: 1671::0
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Death... 15 April 1865
    Age at Time of Death... 56
    Place of Death... Washington, District of Columbia
    Name of Spouse... Mary Todd
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. APID: 7836::0
    Name... Abraham Lincoln
    Date of Birth... 1809
    Place of Birth... Kentucky
    Name of Spouse... Mary Ann Todd
    Spouse Date of Birth... 1818
    Spouse Place of Birth... Kentucky
    Date of Marriage... 1842
    Place of Marriage... Illinois
    Place of Marriage... Kentucky
  25. Emerson, Jason. Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln. (Southern Illinois University Press; 2012). 600 pages; scholarly biography.
  26. Find a Grave Thomas Lincoln
  27. Find A Grave. William Wallace "Willie" Lincoln. 17 April 2000. Web. 17 Oct. 2012.
  28. Elections - 1864 Overview. HarpWeek | Elections | 1864 Overview. HarpWeek, 2008. Web. 17 Oct. 2012.
  29. The Library of Congress. Lincoln Shot at Ford's Theater. Today in History: April 14. The Library of Congress, 30 Nov. 2010. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, Utah: Heritage Consulting. APID: 7249::0
  30. Michael Burlingame, Professor Emeritus of History, Connecticut College, Abraham Lincoln: Impact and Legacy, University of Virginia, Miller Center, U.S. PRESIDENTS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, online at https://millercenter.org/president/lincoln/impact-and-legacy

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posted by Robin Lee
Corrected Error 861: Inline citation doesn't start with <ref>. Spurious </ref> in the middle of an inline reference removed.
posted by Larry Ridgley
This is a fascinating piece of film: Mr. Samuel J. Seymour, the last living eyewitness to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. was the mystery guest on the February 8, 1956 episode of the I've Got a Secret game show. Mr. Seymour (March 28, 1860 – April 12, 1956) was actually 95 years of age at the time of this appearance instead of 96. Host: Garry Moore. Panelists from left to right: Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Lucile Ball.

Retrieved from Rumble (Here;) Accessed 15 July 2022.

Hmmm, the last sentence, of the first paragraph under the heading Family Descendants has no ‘point’; it is missing something. Appears as if it was left in during an edit?

“ Of the four children of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd only Robert Todd Lincoln ever married and had children.[2] There are ten known descendants of Lincoln.[2] Sons Edward Baker, William Wallace and Thomas "Tad" that never made it to adulthood “

“ Sons Edward Baker, William Wallace and Thomas "Tad" that never made it to adulthood “ is not grammatically correct.

(I’m on Project Orphan Trail 1 and don’t feel comfortable editing his profile.)

posted by RW Williams
edited by RW Williams
Thanks to the US Presidents Project WikiTree for all the good work!! However, I'd like to alert readers that there's a significant date error in the timeline for Pres. Lincoln's profile, which I hope can be corrected soon! Current wording is:

" 1860 May 16[12][3] Abraham elected 16th President of the United States.[4] Was to serve as president throughout the US Civil War."

First, the actual date of the 1860 Presidential Election was November 6, 1860 (first Tuesday in November that year). I confirmed this in Wikipedia but it's easy to check this in any well sourced book or article or government record. Second, I'm guessing that the date given ("1860 May 16") may have been intended as a separate entry regarding his *nomination* for President at the Republican Party national convention. However, it took several days of delegates wrangling behind the scenes before Mr. Lincoln received more votes than the highest vote getter on the first ballot (William Seward). Third, it would be most helpful to include some reference for non-Civil war buffs to make clear that Mr. Lincoln did _not_ get a resounding electoral victory in the pivotal November 1860 election. He and his running mate, Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, actually only won only 39.8% of popular vote -- but of course they did win the majority of the electoral college votes (18 out of 33) since the other votes were split between multiple candidates. Yes, President Lincoln deserves accolades for preserving the Union through the war years (1861-65), one of the greatest challenges to our democracy! But his assassination by the uncompromising losers of the war still resonates today.

posted by Kathy (Foote) Durham
People in his time called him "Mr President" and friends just called him Lincoln. He disliked "Abe" tho acknowledging "Abraham" was long and formal. A book later settled on a 2nd chapter title of "Honest Abe" despite objections of son Robert T. Lincoln.

- Lincoln biographer Jason Emerson

posted by Russ Gunther KT CH
speach. It had 271 words and five of them were were his most powerful and important. "All Men Are Created Equal"

He went on to pass a law to end slavery in America and free the people, then the Civil war was ended.

He found that one of the greatest strengths is in standing up for whats right and for others who need help.


Meltzer, Brad, I am Abraham Lincoln: Ordinary people change the world, Penguin

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
him. What upset him was that the other guy had cheated and broke the rules of the fight for those days. The group surrounded him and dared him to fight them all. He stood tough and they knew he would fight each of them if he had to. They gained a new respect for him.

Years later he saw a boat with slaves chained together on it. He did not do anything that day but it haunted him that people were treated like that.

He went on to lose 4 elections before he became president. The Civil War was looming. He knew that if soeone needed help it was bad to look away and not stand up. He had to stand up.

Gettysburg was where the side he was on would be recharged. The main speaker gave an almost 2 hour speach. People were going to give up before this event. Abe went on stage with a 2 minute

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
He cared for all creatures even when he was little. At 10 he saw some boys putting hot coals on turtles to make them run faster. He knew he had to be brave and stand up for the turtles as they could not do it themselves.

At that time not many people knew how to write. He did however and it was shortly after the turtle incident he wrote one of his first essays. The topic was how it is wrong to be cruel to animals.

He loved books so much he would go to great lengths to get one, even walking 6 miles for one. One of his favorites was about George Washington.

At the age of 22 he encountered the Clary's Grove boys. They were bullies in Illinois where he had just moved. He did not like bullies and ended up in a wresting match with the leader, Jack Armstrong. He lost but that did not upset

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
“Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising” Roger Billings

April 22 2:00 PM Main Library, Ft Wayne, IN

Join our upcoming lecture, "Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising," About this lecture:

Lincoln's experience with Native Americans before the Civil War was scant. An Native American murdered his grandfather; he volunteered to serve in the Blackhawk War in Illinois. That's all. Then came the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of settlers and interrupted Union Army recruitment. After the Sioux defeat, 303 Sioux prisoners were condemned to death by a military tribunal. Lincoln stayed their execution until he could review their files. Ultimately he spared all but 38. What followed was the largest mass execu

posted by Shirley Davis
William Franklin Berry 1811, the son of Rev John McCutchen Berry 1788 and grandson of James Berry 1740 was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln.

Reverend John McCutchen Berry our great-great-grandfather's great-uncle and his son William, our 1st cousin 5 times removed, opened the Berry-Lincoln Store New Salem, Illinois in 1833. The close family ties that our Berrys had with Abraham Lincoln are well documented and indisputable. The cousin relationship through Rebecca Berry, is further evidence of these bonds.

The Rev. John McCutchen Berry is known to us, of course, mostly as the pastor at Rock Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church and father of Abraham Lincoln’s partner in the stores. In August 1832, Abraham Lincoln entered his position as a storekeeper with William F. Berry.

posted by Dale Berry
A quote by Abraham: "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 78-79, Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
President Lincoln was the only child who survived to adulthood. However, he did have a sister. In an 1846 letter to Andrew Johnston, Lincoln talked about a visit to his childhood home : "I went into the neighborhood in that state in which I was raised, where my mother and only sister were buried ..." Lincoln reportedly also had a brother named Thomas who died in infancy, but I haven't seen a source for that.

Perhaps the best source for Lincoln is http://www.thelincolnlog.org/ which includes a chronology compiled by the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission, along with corrections and additions by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

posted by Loretta (Lynn) Layman

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